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Saturday

Zesty and Zingy Z-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


Z is for “The Mask of Zorro.”

The original Zorro was a fictional character dreamed up in 1919 by author Johnston McCulley. In time, the mysterious 19th Century masked horseman and swordsman appeared in television series and movies.

“The Mask of Zorro” was released in 1998, with Antonio Banderas playing Alejandro Murrieta, essentially apprenticed to Anthony Hopkins as the original Zorro (Don Diego de la Vega). The cast included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tony Amendola, Pedro Armendiariz, Jr., Matt Letcher, and Stuart Wilson.

The movie trailer offers a glimpse at the dazzling displays of swordplay stunts and zany repartee.
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En garde!

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Wednesday

Yikes! Yearning for Y-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Y is for “Yellow Submarine.”

“We all live in a yellow submarine,” sang The Beatles in this 1968 mostly animated movie. (The soundtrack album surfaced in January 1969.)

The psychedelic feature film highlighted the music of the Fab Four: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. And the lads from Liverpool appeared in one scene, although they were represented by cartoon figures for most of the picture.

Take a look and a listen. Here’s the “Yellow Submarine” movie trailer:

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Not exactly yachting, but we’ll give it a yell.

Do you have a yummy recipe, a youthful yarn, or some yellowed yammering to share? Or are you yielding to neighborly peer pressure and hosting a yard sale?

Maybe you’d rather do yoga with Yoda.

Look yonder, y’all!

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Tuesday

eXtra eXits and X-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


X is for “X-Men.”

Springing onto the cinema scene in 2000, “X-Men” was a superhero story, based on the popular Marvel Comics characters. Hugh Jackman led the cast as Wolverine, along with Anna Paquin as Rogue, as the X-Men battled the Brotherhood of Mutants.

The rest of the cast included Ian McKellen, Bruce Davidson, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn, Patrick Stewart, Tyler Mane, and Ray Park.

No, “X-Men” was not x-rated. In fact, the science fiction action-adventure picture was rated PG-13. Take a look at the trailer.

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Who’s fixed on extracting an excellent example of X-Day blog posting now?

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Monday

Whimsical and Weird W-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


W is for “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.”

Roald Dahl’s classic children’s confection, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” captivated movie lovers in 1971, as “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” hit the silver screen in song and psychedelic colors.

Gene Wilder led the talent roster in the title role, followed by a host of Oompa-Loompas. Peter Ostrum played Charlie Bucket, winning a golden ticket to tour the candymaker’s wondrous world. Inside the pretentious plant, he was joined by a crazy group of kids, ranging from whiny and wand wasteful to all-out wild and wicked.

The “Willy Wonka” cast included Jack Albertson, Michael Bollner, Roy Kinnear, Denise Nickerson, and Ursula Reit.

Watch the original.

Yes, Tim Burton offered his own version of the sugar-laden story in 2005 with “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (starring Johnny Depp). Still, what could be more wonderfully weird and wonky than Wilder’s Willy Wonka?

Watch the promotional trailer, and try not to take a liking to it.

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Well?

What are you waiting for? Why not write a weathered, woolly, waggish, winsome, wise, or simply worthwhile wonder?

Are you willing?

Where there’s a will, there’s a … OK, you get it.

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Sunday

Vainglorious or Vexing V-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


V is for “Vertigo.”

Based on “The Living and the Dead,” a 1954 suspense novel by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” hit movie theaters in 1958.

James Stewart portrayed Scottie Ferguson, a retired police officer with a fear of heights, who was hired to trail a contact’s wife. The story-line, of course, led Ferguson to dizzying heights.

The “Vertigo” cast included Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Fred Graham, Tom Helmore and Henry Jones. Here’s the preview/trailer:

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Look up!

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Saturday

Utterly Uncommon U-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


U is for “The Usual Suspects.”

Released in 1995, MGM’s “The Usual Suspects” was a somewhat unconventional police procedural drama, examining the interrogation of several alleged perpetrators of a fiery shipboard massacre in Los Angeles’ port.

The story included several action flashbacks and plenty of surprise.

“The Usual Suspects” cast boasted Kevin Spacey (who earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance), Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, and Pete Postlethwaite. Inspect the trailer:
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Not exactly utopian!

Did you uncover a useful U-Day blog prompt under all the subtexts in “The Usual Suspects”? Or do you still have innumerable unanswered questions?

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Friday

Tactful Takes on Tabooed T-prompts for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


T is for “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, this 1962 drama has become one of the most acclaimed American films of all time.

Gregory Peck starred as Atticus Finch, an ethical lawyer fighting for human rights amid 1930s Alabama small-town prejudice. Mary Badham and Phillip Alford played his children, Scout and Jem, who became entangled in mystery and even danger, while their father represented a controversial client, seemingly railroaded in a rape trial.

The “To Kill a Mockingbird” cast also included Robert Duvall, Alice Ghostley, William Windom, Frank Overton, Estelle Evans, Brock Peters, Rosemary Murphy, and Paul Fix.

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Talk about tempestuous!

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Thursday

Selectively Shocking S-prompt for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


S is for “Shawshank Redemption.”

The 1994 dramatic film featured Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, banker-turned-prison inmate, convicted of shooting and killing his wife and her lover and sentenced to nearly 20 years in Shawshank State Penitentiary.  Enlisted by guards and the warden for money laundering and other projects, Dufresne eventually ended up writing letters to the state government each week on behalf of the prison’s failing library.

The story spelled out the significance of self-worth and stressed character issues.

“Shawshank Redemption” cast members included Morgan Freeman, Gil Gellows, Clancy Brown, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, and James Whitmore.

The screenplay was based on “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” a story by Stephen King.

Here’s the movie trailer.

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Wednesday

Rugged and Rambunctious R-prompt for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

R is for “Rocky.”

In 1976, Sylvester Stallone showed some fancy footwork in United Artists’ “Rocky,” and movie fans went wild. Viewers didn’t have to be boxing buffs to appreciate the hard-luck story of club fighter Rocky Balboa.

The “Rocky” cast included Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young, Joe Spinell, and Carl Weathers. Of course, what people remember most about “Rocky” is the theme music by Bill Conti.

“Gonna fly now.”

The film led to five sequels, although critics debated whether any of the follow-ups packed the same punch as the original “Rocky.”

Check out the movie trailer for “Rocky,” the story of the ultimate underdog, who was tagged as the Italian Stallion for fighting the champ.
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Yo, Adrian!

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Tuesday

Quixotic and Questionable Q-prompt for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Q is for “Quiz Show.”

This 1994 Hollywood Pictures film was loosely based on a historical scandal involving a 1950s quiz show called “Twenty-One.” Ralph Fiennes played contestant Charles Van Doren, who was accused of cheating after several wins.

The “Quiz Show” cast includes Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield, and John Turturro. Here’s the promotional trailer:

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What’s your answer?

Did you pick up any quotable quips or quality questions for a Q-Day blog post?

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Monday

Prodigiously Punchy P-prompt for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

P is for “The Pink Panther.”

Starring as French detective Jacques Clouseau, Peter Sellers mispronounced phrases and practically prevented police from solving a crime involving a giant pink diamond, chasing a jewel thief known as The Phantom in this 1963 comic film.

The cast, directed by Blake Edwards, included Robert Wagner, David Niven and Capuchine. Henry Mancini did the music.

(A revised version of “The Pink Panther,” starring comedian Steve Martin, appeared in 2006.)

Here’s the promotional trailer from the original film.
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Pow!

Did you catch a proverbial clue for a P-Day blog post?

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Sunday

Offhandedly Outlandish O-prompt for the A to Z Blogging Challenge

O is for “The Odd Couple.”

Outright hilarious, this 1968 comedy was based on Neil Simon’s play with the same title. 

As roommates, finicky Felix Ungar (played by Jack Lemmon) and outlandish Oscar Madison (played by Walter Matthau) made such a splash in cinemas that their story spawned a popular ABC sitcom series with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

Directed by Gene Saks, the movie cast included Billie Bird, Herb Edelman, Monica Evans, John Fiedler, Larry Haines, David Sheiner, and Carole Shelley.
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Oh, my!

From obsessive to objectionable, Felix and Oscar and their offbeat antics had observers rolling in the aisles.

Did this oldie draw out obvious ideas for O-Day options?

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Saturday

Nimble and Natty N-prompt for the A to Z Blogging Challenge


N is for “The Natural.”

Do you love baseball?

This 1984 film, the first cinematic release from TriStar Pictures, featured Robert Redford as baseball super-slugger Roy Hobbs in an adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s 1952 novel of the same name.

The dramatic cast included Kim Basinger, Glenn Close, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Hershey, Michael Madsen, and Wilford Brimley.

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Naturally, bloggers will be notably naming novel ideas for N-Day after noting this nostalgic narrative.

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